Canadian kids learn of RAF’s rich history

The Jack Tars of the Royal Navy may have ruled the seven seas in the 19th century, but Royal Air Force pilots owned the skies over Britain in the 20th. Indeed, Britain’s “finest hour,” as Prime Minister Winston Churchill called it, came mainly thanks to RAF pilots, whose staunch defence and willing sacrifice against overwhelming...
  • High-tech exhibit brings War of 1812 brig to life

    April 18, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Back in 2001, marine archeologist Ken Cassavoy got an intriguing phone call from a friend and colleague who had just been for a stroll along Southampton Beach on Lake Huron. Duncan McCallum had stumbled upon the blackened ribs of what turned out to be a...
  • Know your enemy: Meet the crew of U-210

    April 11, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The senior surviving officer from U-210, a German U-boat sunk by HMCS Assiniboine in 1942, was despised by crewmates and Allied interrogators alike, a “fanatical Nazi” whose hubris quickly evaporated in a storm of fear and protest the moment his pasty epidermis hit the icy...
  • The Yankees were thinking of coming!

    April 4, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Less than a century after the Americans were defeated in the War of 1812, the U.S. Naval War College, Class of 1894, came up with a hypothetical plan to give it another try—by invading Halifax and destroying Pictou County’s coal mines. In the paper Attack...
  • Climb aboard a water-borne improvised explosive device

    March 28, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Rebels in Yemen are wielding a new naval weapon on the Red Sea, but it took some time after it was first used for authorities to realize what they were dealing with. An explosives-laden boat belonging to Yemen’s Ansar Allah, or Houthi, forces collided with...
  • Belgian king returns field gun to Canada

    March 21, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It’s been nearly a century since Canadian guns fell silent at Mons, Belgium, the last city they liberated before Germany surrendered and the war to end all wars was ended. Canadian 18-pound field guns, ubiquitous among Allied forces between 1914 and 1918, are said to...
  • The story of a forgotten airplane

    March 14, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    In early March, the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, led an expedition 800 kilometres east of Australia, where he found the long-lost wreck of the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea almost 76 years ago. Among the stunning...
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